After much planning getting us nowhere, Itchy and I agreed upon visiting her place, so that I could finally meet the deadly duo. Who, by the way, turned out to be nowhere near as deadly as their mother makes them sound. And who, also, ran from The Bhablet. :D
I was not destined to be on time, what with Rahul deciding to take forever over his milk and then we met the absconding istiriwalla downstairs and waited for him to finally return the landry. And then there was a lunatic auto driver who decided to drive like a maniac. He actually managed to scare me so much that I never quite got around to yelling at him despite his crazy driving. He even bumped into a delivery bike and had a mini altercation on the road. Finally reached the Raj Bhavan at Guindy and Itchy was waiting right there.
We drove into the wilds of Thiruvanmiyur and ploughed on until we reached her place. OK, so you know I'm exaggerating, right? Anyway, she lives in a very nice flat, I loved the cross ventilation. And no sooner had we got ourselves sorted out and the kids settled down than IBH arrived. And next thing I know, Itchy's off to set out snacks, and IBH and I are chatting like we've known each other forever (when the truth is I've never even read her blog!) and we suddenly realise, the two of us are making such a ruckus that Tejas, Ojas and The Bhablet are standing silently, looking at us with round eyes.
That, not unnaturally, made us laugh louder than ever!
I don't remember what we chatted about, but two hours just flew. What with Rahul chasing Ojas around with a piece of cake and Itchy shrugging her shoulders and saying to leave them alone because if he (R) managed to get the cake into Ojas, it would be more than she (Itchy) ever did, and Ojas backing away on his little tricycle while Rahul bore down upon him with a determined look, I really didn't know what to do and settled down to have some more chips instead.
Come to think of it, I'm not quite sure what the kids did. I do know they divided the toys amongst them, nobody murdered anybody else and nobody cried or fell down. Hey, I should let Itchy babysit The Bhablet!
IBH gave me a lift home afterwards, and we spent the hour on the road chatting away some more. It's always nice to meet a friend you didn't know you had.